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on it. that's "hardball" for now. thank you for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> welcome to "politicsnation." i'm al sharpton live from washington, d.c. tonight's lead, mitt romney spoke at the naacp convention. but who was he really speaking to? governor romney made a series of statements that seemed designed to win over the conservative base by antagonizing the audience inside the room. it started with his unnecessary use of the term "obama care." to the attacks on the president's health care law. >> so to do that i'm going to eliminate every non-essential expensive program i can find. that includes obama care and i'm going to work to reform and save -- [ booing ] >> now, here's how that insult played inside the room in the crowd. >> non-essential expensive program i can find. that includes obama care and i'm going to work to replace it. >> wrong service. >> not obama care. >> won't say that again. >> he said the wrong thing now. he know he did. >> romney also attacked the president on jobs. and claimed he's the candidate to help the africa
45 eastern time, your home for soccer msnbc and nbc sportsnet for all of us here in new york city, i am kelly tilghman. we thank you for your time today, as a reminder, don't forget to go to msn msnbcolympics.com for tv and scre screaming online as well. >>> good evening. i'm al sharpton. welcome to all our viewers who were watching our special olympics coverage of women's soccer here on msnbc. here at "politicsnation" we're in the olympic spirit. even brought my soccer ball to prove it. there you go, guys. show you my moves later. we have a great show tonight. so thank you for staying with us. worrying for women. millions of women. may have a new reason to get mad at the same old politics being played in washington. senator barbara boxer is here live on that issue. >>> plus a judge takes michael jackson's children away from their grandmother. who is their new guardian? and what does this mean for those children? >>> and the muppets. yes the muppets are under attack. by some critics who apparently have a problem with treating people fairly. >>> what's up with the new celebration i
and purposely used obama care which he knows is offensive, he knows is a red flag. when he goes in representing voter i.d., which he knows disenfranchises people, i was clear that he was using the audience as a back board to score with the right wing rather than try a three pointer to move the country toward trying to come together and have a civil conversation that would lead to progress. joining me now is missouri congressman emanuel cleaver, chairman of the congressional black caucus and karen finney, former communications director for the democratic national committee. thank you both for being here. >> good to be with you. >> thanks, reverend. >> chairman cleaver, let me start with you. why did romney make this speech today? you hear my feeling. what do you feel? >> well, i don't know whether that were strategic moves that dictated this speech be made to the naacp and he would then offer something to the base. i'm not sure. i would choose to believe that he legitimately wanted to go to the naacp. i think that all presidential candidates ought to do that. even republicans who are not general
on the upper middle -- $250,000 or more on that category americans. 98% of us. why can't congress act? to the extent the republicans are looking like they are engaged in a game that says we won't give those tax cuts unless we get the ones important the rich. i think that gives the president an opening to do that old harry truman do nothing congress kind of campaign and it worked pretty well back in 1948, i think he will try to tie my romney to the republicans in congress who truman tied tom dewey to the republicans in congress in his day. >> well, but is it not so that -- congressman larson, that in many ways mitt romney's already tied there. agreed with these policies. he's -- apparently campaigning on them. and i think that -- e.j. said president clinton -- but i think president obama could get a twofer here. >> i think he is definitely going to get a twofer here because fundamentally, as both you and e.j. have said, ultimately with the voters and the american citizens, it is about fairness. this is intuitively obvious to most americans that this is fair. even to those as warren buf
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the heck they want and keep all their money and maybe trickle some stuff down on to the rest of us or whether we agree as the president does we don't grow from the top down. we grow from the middle class up. the government has played a role in all of our lives, whether it is educating us about -- housing loans, building homes, building roads, et cetera, and that we are all in this together. and i think the president has really found his voice in a way thanks to romney picking on him so unfairly with this little -- he keeps bearing down on the message on cnbc, here is governor romney yesterday on cnbc, doubling down on his claim the president is anti-free enterprise. >> this is an ideology that says, hey, we are all the same here. we take from all and give to one another. and the achievement individual initiative and risk taking and success are not to be rewarded as they have in the past. it is a very strange and in something respects foreign to the american experience type of philosophy. >> jonathan, does it matter romney is distorting things and taking things out of context? will
of communication is gone. everything old is new again. here's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politics nation with artic" wi sharpton starts now. >> i'm al sharpton. tonight's leading the fight over fairness in the country. president obama took his fight for fairness on the road. promoting his plan to extend tax cuts for middle class americans and earning less than $250,000 a year. >> i believe that we should make sure that the taxes on the 98% of americans don't go up and then we should let the tax cuts expire for folks like me. for the top 2% of americans. and to give me another tax break or warren buffett another tax break or to give mitt romney another tax break, that would cost -- that would cost about a trillion dollars and we can't afford it. >> he also called out republicans important holding the tax cuts for the middle class hostage to protect tax cuts for millionaires. >> i want to hold taxes steady for 98% of americans. republicans say they want to do the same thing. we disagree on the other 2%. what do you usually do if you agree on 98% and disagree on 2%? why do
the romney campaign's distortion of the truth. campaigns tell us a lot about the candidate. when kind of person they are. and what kind of president they might be. the truth matters. too often in this campaign, mitt romney just hasn't been straight. a week ago the romney campaign released this ad slamming president obama for something he said at a virginia fund-raiser. quote, if you got a business, you didn't build that. romney's trying to push the right wing line the president only believes in government and doesn't understand the private sector. the problem is romney is out of a significant portion of the speech and totally distorts the president's point. the president was arguing that the government can help job creators. not that it is the only key to job creation. the romney ad is deceiving and is wrong. and yet, it has become a staple of his campaign. at a fund-raiser in oakland last night, the president called him out on it. >> earlier today governor romney was at it again. knowingly twisting my words around to suggest i don't value small businesses. now, you know, look, in pol
i can tell you, again, numbers don't lie. as former president reagan used to say. numbers don't lie. we've added 500,000 manufacturing jobs. who helped to save the automobile industry when romney said let it go bankrupt. this president understands. he's making his investments in the american workforce. they're resilient and ready to go to work. we need to be right there to help them make that transition. and we're going to work every single day to make sure that happens. >> now, governor strickland, i was reading and watching a wise man. let me read to you what he said about the president. he said president obama is betting on america and american workers and mitt romney is betting his resources in the cayman islands, in bermuda, in switzerland and god only knows where else. president obama is the insourcer of jobs and mitt romney is the outsourcer of jobs. that wise man was you, governor strickland, introducing the president yesterday. would you care to elaborate? >> well, reverend al, we have two men who want to be the next president. and one of them, our president -- our current
has their life robbed from them. when someone who we can tell is just like us feels the loss about someone they care about. and that is the one good thing to come of this. but it is and do not let this pas like so many other events in the news, far more important than the arguments we have on "hardball." being united is always better than being divided. on this tragedy in aurora, colorado, we are surely together. and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> welcome to "politicsnation." i'm al sharpton live in dallas. tonight's lead, portrait of an accused killer. tonight the suspected gunman in colorado's shooting has made his first courtroom appearance since the horrific tragedy that left 12 people dead and 58 others injured. james holmes had dyed orange/red hair and seemed dazed and glassy eyed. sometimes closing his eyes as the hearing proceeded. he didn't say anything in court and seemed disconnected. even when the judge talked about the victims. >> for protection order if you'd hand a copy. shall not possess o
voter i.d. law by pointing out it would not stop voter fraud. >> if alan wilson goes in and uses a fraudulent voter i.d. card in the name john smith and then i leave the polling place. you cannot go back in time and prove the negative. it is impossible. >> i think he'd like to go back in time and make that answer make sense. what's he saying? that we need voter i.d. laws to stop fraud even though voter i.d. laws wouldn't stop fraud? this is the same guy who insisted that hundreds of dead people were voting in south carolina. of course, the state election commission later said all those folks were in fact alive. today there's a growing -- also a growing concern about florida. the state that made hanging chads household phrase. republicans have had their slew of bills designed to limit voter turnout and participation. a movement even the state's former gop governor charlie crist criticizes. >> in florida, we have a history of having some pretty close elections. i think everybody remembers 2000 and how close that was. and so every single vote really matters. and the notion and the i
at his investments, he really invited us to look at his tenure as the ceo of bain and opened the door to this saying look how i conducted business. i'm a job creator. look what i did in the private sector. then when people started looking, he started saying no, don't go this far. only look at what i want to show you. >> well, when he ran against senator kennedy, when he ran for governor he did not disclose his tax returns despite the precedent his father set. he did not believe he would have to. it's quite extraordinary. when john boehner says this is all about jobs and the economy, absolutely. and when we name him as a job creator a man who turns businesses around, to look at his businesses and say what tax breaks, loopholes, offshore accounts. questionable, not necessarily illegal, but questionable dealings did he use to accumulate the wealth. a rigged system that is not constructed to create jobs and boost the broad domestic economy. absolutely fair game. he is going to have to release. and if he doesn't, i actually read a piece today speculating could this man literally withdraw b
us here at home. yesterday they conveyed a message to their families on behalf of all americans. we honor your loved ones. we salute their service. and as you summon the strength to carry on, we stand with you as one united american family. >> joining me now is clint van zandt, a former fbi profiler now an nbc news analyst. and dave cullen, author of "columbine." it's the definitive book about the shootings at columbine high school in 1999. thanks to both of you for being here tonight. >> thanks for having me. >> clint, let me start with you. >> sure. >> what struck you about james holmes' appearance in court today? >> you know, notwithstanding anybody who comes into court with a jump suit looks like they're guilty of something, they're a criminal anyway. but, al, it was that flat, emotional affect, that unemotional look. that his eyes if they were focused they were looking down, they were blinking. it was like he really wasn't -- it was like he wasn't involved. it was like he was in this dream world and there was somebody else seated there where maybe part of him was somewhere else
of years in indonesia and, frankly, when he came to the u.s., he worked as a community organizer which is a socialized structure. >> the president, our president, has no idea how the american system functions. yes. except he's in charge of it. there's more. sununu went after the president hours before that in a little noticed radio interview. >> he does not understand america. it's not just that he doesn't understand the private sector. he doesn't understand america. >> president obama doesn't understand america. so three times today, john sununu went after the president of the united states for not understanding america. is it any doubt that this is a planned strategy by the rom new campaign? listen to what the candidate himself said today at rally in pennsylvania. >> president obama attacks success and, therefore, under president obama we have less success and i will change that. >> encouraging entrepreneur, celebrating success instead of attacking it and makes america strong. that's the right course for this country. >> his cost is extraordinarily foreign. now these attacks aren't c
. and let's test chair knowledge of when and how they can use their weapon in self-defense. just like we test drivers' familiarity with traffic rules. pretty simple. no one losing their right to own a gun. they merely have a demonstrate competence. americans, many of us, will not soon abandon our fetish for firearms. that doesn't mean we can't be more adult about it. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> welcome to "politicsnation." i'm al sharpton. tonight, tragedy in colorado. at this hour here's what we do know. shortly after midnight last night 24-year-old suspected gunman james eagan holmes walked into a sold out movie screening of the new batman movie. he hurled a cannister of tear gas in and opened fire. there are 12 dead. 71 shot. holmes was arrested in a parking lot behind the theater shortly after the massacre. a law enforcement official confirms that holmes had red or orange hair when he was apprehended. and he told police that he was the villain the joker from batman. despite these details, countless quest
us to say that's fine. message to the house, message to speaker boehner. it is not fine. we need you to take up our bill and pass it. >> and this was a bipartisan bill that passed in the senate. >> yes. >> you mentioned planned parenthood. last night president obama got very personal about his feelings on the war on women and he mentioned planned parenthood as well. listen to this, senator. >> okay. >> mr. romney wants to get rid of funding for planned parenthood. i think that is a bad idea. i've got two daughters. i want them to control their own health care choices. >> i think the president addressed this strongly and i think he's saying in the same spirit of the bipartisan bill that passed the senate. >> absolutely. i mean, this president understands that planned parenthood -- you know, what the republicans have you believe is that all planned parenthood does is abortions. the truth of the matter is 97% of what they do is health care, breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, well checkups. this is what they do. and they'll do charity work. they'll allow you to pay wha
the headlines and ventured into our hearts. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> welcome to "politicsnation." i'm al sharpton. tonight's lead, let the gaffes begin. mitt romney has stumbled out of the gate on what was to be his big debut on the world stage. it started in london when romney insulted his olympic host in an interview with nbc's brian williams. >> in the short time here in london, do they look ready to your experienced eye? >> you know, it's hard to know just how well it will turn out. there are a few things that were disconcerting. the stories about the private security firm not having enough people. the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials. that obviously is not something which is encouraging. >> not encouraging 37 disconcerting. the folks in london have been working on this for 15 years. they've spent $14 billion to make it happen. and romney says he's not encouraged? that was bad enough. but then he expressed doubt about whether the british people would rise to the occasion. >> the people
. as if he were talking to a 2-year-old and he can do it. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for about with us. "politics nation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> welcome to "politics nation." i'm al sharpton. tonight's lead -- an orchestrated smear. today willard mitt romney's campaign began an ugly coordinated assault on president obama. they are trying to change the subject from mitt romney's financial secrets. one of the campaign's top surrogates, former new hampshire governor john sununu, spearheaded the attack on a conference call with reporters. >> the president clearly demonstrated that he has absolutely month idea how the american economy functions. the men and women all over america who have worked hard to build these businesses and their businesses, from the ground up is how our economy became the envy of the world p it is the american way. and i wish that this president would learn how to be an american. >> i wish this president would learn how to be an american. why would he have to learn? a few minutes later on a call in response to a reporter's question, sununu clarified h
represent america, we let them wear clothing like the rest of us. made all over the global economy. for any who disagree, they can toss their ipads in the fire that senator reid wishes to set for the clothing. that's "hardball" for now. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. . >>> welcome to "politicsnation." i'm al sharpton. tonight's lead, the questions continue for mitt romney. late today mr. romney gave interviews to five different networks including nbc in an effort to diffuse the controversy over bain capital. for years romney has been saying he left bain in 1999 and that he couldn't be blamed for the thousands of workers laid off by bain in the years after that. his 2011 financial report says quote, he retired from bain capital on february 11th, 1999. quote, since february 11, 1999, romney has not had an active role with any bain capital entity and has not been involved in the operations of any bain capital entity in any way. romney signed this document personally. but today new information is emerging that tells a very different story. building on what we learned earlie
. >> the questions about romney's past just keep coming. no matter what he or his campaign wants us to believe. joining me now is david corn, washington bureau chief for "mother jones" and msnbc political analyst. he's also the author of "showdown." and michelle carter, washington reporter for "the daily beast." let me thank both of you for being here tonight. >> sure thing. >> david, let me start with you. do the romneys think the american public don't deserve to know more about their finances? >> well, there was certainly a tone of entitlement in ann romney's voice this morning. for pete's sake, you people. you know? it's like, i've been saying this for days all over our network, reverend, that i think that mitt romney has made a calculation that it's better to have a slow bleeding wound than to open your chest cavity. this guy went to harvard and they teach you cost benefit analysis. he knows if he gives tax returns, it's like a road map to romneyland where tax havens aren't tax havens and everybody has a swiss bank account. i've been doing a lot of reporting on bain. i have a good story co
the suspect's apartment is kusa reporter jeremy johalla. what can you tell us outside the apartment that we understand was booby trapped? >> reporter: well, there still remains a quiet sense here in aurora. crisscrossed with yellow crime tape all day today. since 3:00 this morning mountain time. residents are still coming home coming up to this chaotic scene here somewhat and looking at all the emergency vehicles surrounding this neighborhood here. and their jaw just drops when they walk up and they're surprised what is going on. i was here in the early morning hours when this place was evacuated. i spoke to a handful of residents. police came knocking on their doors saying you've got to get out. there's possibly explosives in an apartment unit. at this hour, the third floor of this apartment unit up here, this red bricked unit, this generic looking apartment unit, that's where james holmes lives. >> in a multidwelling building. >> yes. there's at least several families that live in this apartment complex. inside that unit, inside that unit there are numerous one liter bottles of liquid tha
are. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> welcome to "politicsnation." i'm al sharpton. tonight's lead, running from the past. forget the talk you've heard about division in the romney campaign on whether he should come clean and release more details on his finances. today the candidate's wife herself told america what you get is what you get. >> you know, because there are so many things that will be open again for more attack and you just want to give more material for more attack. and that's really -- that's just the answer. and we've given all people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how we live our life. >> the american people disagree. a new usa today poll shows the majority of americans, 54% think mitt romney should release more of his tax records. and it's no wonder he has the fewest financial disclosures of any recent candidate in history. in fact, the four last presidents and romney's father george all thought the american people deserved to see more. just look at tha
$25,000 a head. they get a say. the rest of us, no dice. no wonder he says corporations are people. no wonder he thinks we don't need more firefighters. no wonder he makes $10,000 bets. and according to newspaper reports, this event seemed right out of the pages of "the great gatsby." the lawn started at the beach and ran toward the front door for a quarter of a mile. running over brick yards and burning gardens finally reached a house drifting up the side in bright vines as those from the momentum of its run. in fact, the romney event was so unbelievable that i brought in some of our friends from the political subverseties to do a reenactment. you're going to hear things that they said at the fund raiser. these are real quotes. >> i don't think the common person is getting it. we've got the message. but my college kid, the babysitter, the nails ladies, all these people who have the right to vote, they don't get what's going on. i just feel that if you're lower income, one, you're not as educated. two, they don't get how it works. >> right. >> common people don't get it. don't unde
for all sorts of other things he's not releasing. he can refuse to release it, of course. he used to be a businessman. they thrive on secrecy. he's in a different arena here and he's not realizing how much damage he's causing himself. it's hard to see how he gets away with it. >> it's the quiet rooms he talks about. erin, let me go to you. when you look at the record, president obama released 12 years. george w. bush, eight years. george romney his own father, 12 years. and when you hear this raise to the romney campaign he's been inaccurately saying teresa heinz kerry didn't releez her taxes in 2004. let me show you what he says about mrs. kerry. >> john kerry ran for president. his wife who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns. somehow this wasn't an issue. >> now, i might add the kerry campaign -- not the campaign but his office, he's not running anymore. came back with this. the romney campaign needs to stop getting their facts wrong. mitt romney ought to speak for himself rather than making inaccurate comments about teresa. it's interesting
as possible and using some tactics that i think will work and strategies that should work. >> now, i know of a lot of those strategies. i've been on the ground in florida. i'm coming back this week. let me tell you something that really caught my eye. former florida gop governor jim greer. in a deposition that has gone public, he says and i'm quoting from the deposition that he stated under oath, political consultants and staff were talking about voter suppression and keeping blacks from voting. he further states about not letting blacks vote and minority outreach programs were not fit for the republican party. this is a very significant statement for a former state chair republican party of florida to make under oath. i understand there's questions he's facing legal questions and all. but to say it's under oath is extremely troubling, wouldn't you think so? >> it's troubling. most troubling thing is it's consistent with what's actually happened. there has been -- this chairman was there at a time when he observed people making those kinds of statements. we know that's likely to have been
. and that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. see you again monday at 7:00 eastern. have a great weekend. >>> welcome to "politicsnation." i'm al sharpton. tonight's lead, the man with the golden gaffe. mitt romney spent the last 24 hours in london trying to repair the damage done to his campaign after suggesting the british weren't ready for the olympics. >> after being here a couple of days it looks like london is ready. >> these games, great weather. enthusiasm on the part of the people here in london. i think you're going to see terrific games. >> i'm delighted with the prospects of a highly successful olympic games. >> romney is delighted by the games. he thinks london is ready. really he does. but the british press isn't buying pit "the daily mail" said quote, romney completes humiliating u-turn in new charm offensive after olympic gaffe. and bbc are wondering if the woes will hurt him at home. and the sun says merely mitt the twit. and on british tv, the coverage, well it's just been brutal. >> to show the american people that he's ready to be commander in chief, but he be
't the right height. mitt has proven that only his money is fit to leave the u.s. i like the last one. >> this is what he proved. that he has poor people skills. he doesn't know how to interact with people. >> corporations of people. >> he knows how to relate to corporations, right? but the american people and just human beings can say when a person doesn't relate to people. they can pick up on that quickly. >> i think in all seriousness, though, that he responded as a ceo. he went right to his ceo thing of this is how i ran the olympics in his own mind. and he started critiquing it. he doesn't think like a diplomat or a commander in chief or president or politician. he thinks as a businessman. so let me give you my appraisal. that's where he went. >> i think you're right. he was guinn the question and there was a sense that he wanted to get an "a" on the answer and show he prepped and knew what was going on. and he's got inside knowledge. like a ceo like you're saying. and in doing that had no sense of the impact it would have on people, the way they would respond. just imagine if so
to defund planned parenthood. they fought the birth control mandate. they voted to ban d.c. from using district funds for abortions. i mean, they have been -- i mean, just over and over and over again, aggressive in these fights against women's rights and not nearly as aggressive in terms of fighting for jobs. and raise being well, romney's running a different campaign but he's not denounced any of these efforts by them. >> no. i -- romney has become the enemy of planned parenthood and become the enemy of women's access to reproductive health care. i don't think there's any doubt about that. you know, it is really interesting, i think that if romney succeeds in focusing on the economy, he will lose independent women voters. because his economic plan is devastating to women. once women start really paying attention to that, he's going to lose the independent women's vote. it is entirely possible that maybe these reckless attacks on women's access to reproductive health care are really intended to rev up the republican base preciselyh deep because indepena women, there will be -- i predi
and taken apart by mitt romney's bain capital. >> they brought us back at reduced wages and no benefits to speak of. our retirement was gone. we had to pay more for health care. it was terrible conditions. >> it was just a horrific way to treat people. i would hope that our president would not be trying to create wealth for an elite group of individuals, but would in fact would be looking out for the best interest of all americans. >> joining me now is a boston globe political correspondent who helped to write this key article. and eugene robinson an msnbc political analyst. kellen, let me start with you. the romney campaign put out a statement today about your reporting. they said quote, this is not accurate. governor romney left bain capital in february of 1999 to run the olympics and had no input on investments or management of companies after that point. what's your response to that statement? >> well, they're sticking to their party line that they've gone with all along now. so far they haven't disputed the factual information in the article. that's important to note. the documents
un-american campaign of innuendo and zen phobia against the man who observes us in the white house. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" starts right now. >>> welcome to "politicsnation." i'm al sharpton. tonight's lead, the secret's out about mitt romney's secretive campaign. willard mitt romney is running the most secretive presidential campaign in modern history. refusing to provide details to basic questions about his record and his views. how long did he actually run bain capital? why did he have a swiss bank account? who are the billionaires and millionaires funding his campaign? releasing his tax returns would help answer many of the questions. but once again today he refused. >> the obama people keep on wanting more and more and more. more things to pick through. more things for their opposition research to make a mountain out of and to distort and be dishonest for. we're going to put out two years of tax returns. >> this weekend even his allies broke rank and said if he doesn't release more tax returns, then he must have something to hide.
to stharl tons. when american focus on that which unites us, we are unstoppable. happy birthday, america. that's "hardball" for now. "politics nation" with al sharpton starts right now. >> welcome to "politics nation." i'm al sharpton. tonight's lead -- the gop wages war on the uninsured. and millions of americans are left hanging in the balance. it has been nearly one week since the supreme court issued its landmark ruling on health care. it marked a victory for this country. a victory for the millions who have health insurance. this was a victory for democrats. some of whom fought for decades to pass this legislation. and it was a very personal victory for this president. but republicans, it was a major blow. even senator number one goal is to defeat obama, mcconnell thinks it is a long shot. >> if you thought it was good idea for the federal government to go in this direction, i would say odds are still on your side because it is a lot harder to undo something than it is to stop it. in the first place. >> senator mcconnell knows that repealing the affordable care act is against the od
it is federal government is providing for us and in order to get implemented. we know already people are receiving preventative health services. we know already that young people who would otherwise be denied are being covered. we know young people up to age 26 are now covered on their parents' health care plans and seniors will have their medications covered and they won't have to reach into their pocket with that doughnut hole. i think in maryland, we have said you know what, this is the law. constitutionality has been decided and we are going to embrace the implementation. >> now, and -- these are not some pie in the sky kind of ideas. these are things that you are citing that are already happen. joan, i think that's one of the reasons that we have seen an upswing among voters. we have seen it jump 5% among voters, 11% among independent who support this law. >> yeah. it has been so i-ing, reverend al. i think the supreme court did give it more legitimacy. americans like a winner, whatever we want to say about that psychological reaction, it is real. and i think, you know, also the
. that's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "politicsnation" with al sharpton starts right now. >>> welcome to "politicsnation." i'm al sharpton. tonight's lead, for millions of americans fighting for survival without health insurance, republicans have one message. you're in the the issue. this weekend senate minority leader mitch mcconnell exposed the plan. if you're not able to afford coverage. too bad. >> what are you going to do to provide universal kovrnl to the 30 million people who are uninsured? >>. >> that is not the issue. the question is how can you go step by step to improve the american health care system. it is already the finest health care system in the world. >> but you don't think -- >> what our president -- >> you don't think 30 million people uninsured is not an issue? >> we're not going to turn the health care system into a western european health care system. >> what country is mcconnell living in what planet even? over 30 million americans living without insurance is not the issue? in this country, the richest country in the world, a person dies every o 2
at the weird justification he used in trying to explain what he meant. >> look, states are different. founding fathers intended each state to be a laboratory of experimentation. may not work as well in vermont or other states. what works in massachusetts may not be appropriate to another state. >> you're comparing mardi gras to universal insurance. >> every state is different. >> but aside from the weird ness, the fact is that republican governors including jindal have said that they may opt out implementing the law medicare expansion. it would have a devastating effect on the uninsured. gop governors may turn down $258 billion in federal money leaving 9.2 million americans uninsured. bob, that could be devastating. >> it could be. i think in the end in most places it won't happen. federal government pays 100% the first three years. pays 90% after that of this cost. you have governors like jindal or rick scott in florida who's the most unpopular governor in the history of the state says he's going to turn down the money. he's already in terrible trouble family room 2014. if he goes ahead with
might well say that let us not forget that it was mr. romney who just slayed his opponents with a tax during the primaries. talking about the obama campaign being aggressive, they're nowhere near as aggressive as he was on mr. gingrich and santorum and others during the primary just a month or two ago. we're talking weeks ago. but it seems as though his record on bain that has been put out there is working. swing states like the one that the president was in today are responding to these commercials. according to the latest nbc wall street journal poll, 33% said the more they learn about bain, the more negative opinion they have. only 18% said the more they hear about bain the more positive they see romney's business background. that's a problem. because romney raised his business background as his evidence that he knew how to deal with the economic condition. if you have these people saying the more i hear about bain the more negative my view, 33 to 18, that's a devastating Ƨfigure. >> it is. the problem here for him is he's the blank page. people don't know him. negative attacks h
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